Best-of-Breed or Consolidated: Principles in Security Architecture Design

Executive Boardroom - 3:30 pm - 3:55 pm

When it comes to implementing network security infrastructure there are two schools of thought: use best-of-breed point solutions, or go with all round consolidated platforms. Pros and cons abound for either approach revolving around varying levels of protection, integration, and administrative overhead but the increasing complexity of current security infrastructure is showing a winning approach. Even though consolidated solutions may offer greater benefits in the long run, no one exists in a green-field situation when it comes to network and infrastructure security so careful planning is required to ensure the necessary protection.


  • The management burden of best-of-breed outweighs performance benefits
  • Consolidated platforms can lead to feature overlap and unnecessary cost
  • Planning is required to maximize coverage but minimize effort and spend